A stitch in time: Mu­seum of Mak­ing and Mend­ing

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

An ex­hi­bi­tion hous­ing ev­ery­day items that were cre­ated or re­paired in times past is cap­ti­vat­ing au­di­ences at the county li­brary head­quar­ters (LHQ), County Hall.

The Mu­seum of Mak­ing and Mend­ing is an in­spired, col­lab­o­ra­tive project in­volv­ing artists Tess Leak and Sarah Rut­tle as well as res­i­dents and staff at sev­eral West Cork com­mu­nity hospi­tals and day care cen­tres.

It forms part of the west Cork-based “arts for health” project ded­i­cated to the ed­u­ca­tion and cre­ative needs of peo­ple in health care set­tings.

The ex­hi­bi­tion orig­i­nated in 2016 as an eight-week project at Sk­ib­bereen day care cen­tre, in which the par­tic­i­pants drew on their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences to cre­ate a col­lec­tion of ob­jects such as cloth­ing and house­hold im­ple­ments. The artists then cre­ated po­ems and vis­ual art pieces from the nar­ra­tive of the items’ per­sonal and so­cial rel­e­vance.

Sk­ib­bereen day care co-or­di­na­tor, Mary Wil­lis, re­flects how it was of “ben­e­fit to ev­ery­one’s health to con­verse and rem­i­nisce”, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously “un­earthing evok­ing cre­ative ideas that got hands mov­ing”.

The ex­hi­bi­tion’s mode of part per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence and part so­cial com­men­tary is eas­ily dis­cernible.

A dis­play of hats re­flects a time when head­gear more com­monly de­noted the wearer’s ca­reer or so­cial stand­ing. “In the 40s and 50s a hat was far more than a fash­ion item. You could tell a lot about a per­son from their hat,” says Uillinn pro­gramme man­ager, Jus­tine Fos­ter. Cook­ing uten- sils re­flect times when meals were in­tensely home-pre­pared, while works tools pro­vide fur­ther in­ter­pre­ta­tions and mem­o­ries.

Yet the prac­tice of re-us­ing ma­te­rial is also now con­tem­po­rary, as en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns cre­ate a new ne­ces­sity. No­tably, there are no plas­tic bottles on dis­play.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs Mon-Fri 9–5.30pm through­out Dec.

A work­shop for those in­ter­ested in con­tribut­ing fur­ther to the project will be held at the LHQ gallery on Fri­day from 11am-1pm. Book­ings: sinead.don­[email protected]­coco.ie; 021 4285000, extn. 6970 arts­forhealth­west­cork.com

The Mu­seum of Mak­ing and Mend­ing ex­hi­bi­tion hous­ing ev­ery­day items that were cre­ated or re­paired in times past. County li­brary head­quar­ters (LHQ), County Hall.

The Mu­seum of Mak­ing and Mend­ing ex­hi­bi­tion hous­ing ev­ery­day items that were cre­ated or re­paired in times past. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs Mon­day to Fri­day 9am to 5.30pm through­out De­cem­ber.See: www.arts­forhealth­west­cork.com

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